California Common / Steam Beer

The California Common, or Steam Beer, is a unique 100% American style lager. It's usually brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. The brewers back then had to improvise to cool the beer down, so shallow fermenters were used. So in a way the lager yeast was trained to ferment quicker at warmer temperatures. Today's examples are light amber to tawny in color, medium bodied with a malty character. Mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness.

Anchor Brewing Co. trademarked the term "Steam Beer" and as such all other beers must be legally referred to as "California Common."

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-6.0%   [ ? ] 

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Style Examples - 51 to 100 (out of 585) - Ordered by # Reviews
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Name Brewery ABV > Ratings Score
Steel HorseParallel 49 Brewing Company6.0063.66
Bay To BayBallast Point Brewing Company6.0014.74
Mosquito BeachLake Louie Brewery Company6.00403.75
CalabriforniaBirra Bellazzi6.0000
Old California LagerCraftsman Brewing Co.6.0033.95
St. Florian's California CommonSt. Florian's Brewery6.00283.74
VaporFaction Brewing6.0083.54
The CitizenCismontane Brewing Company6.00753.78
Gold Rush LagerEl Dorado Brewing Company6.0000
California LagerCismontane Brewing Company6.0013.69
SteamTurtle Mountain Brewing Company6.0023.92
Otter Creek Steampipe Cali-Style CommonOtter Creek Brewing6.001713.8
Loudoun CommonDog Money Restaurant & Brewery6.0013.58
Steamboat AltMishap Brewing Company6.0023.5
Very Nice Großen Bart California Common LagerGroßen Bart Brewery5.9013.74
Steam TrainBarley John's Brew Pub5.9023.12
Kentucky CommonAlpha Acid Brewing Co.5.9014.07
Steaming Cascade California CommonThe New Old Lompoc5.9013.6
Common PunkRants & Raves Brewery5.9000
Acadian Coffee Calcasieu CommonCrying Eagle5.9023.77
Breaking GroundBrookeville Beer Farm5.9013.93
NW Super CriticalDeschutes Brewery5.9013.85
Cashmere OutsideBreakside Brewery5.9000
Cali CommonHops and Grain Brewery5.8013.72
Jewel City CommonBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.86
Szot Rubia Al VaporSzot Microcervecería5.8013.1
Dampf PunkSwitchback Brewing Company5.8063.92
Carolina CommonBhramari Brewing Co5.80133.69
Cali CommonPipe Dream Brewing5.8012.98
Locals OnlyRivertowne Pourhouse5.8013.75
Surreal ChemistryMinneapolis Town Hall Brewery5.8073.54
Veldensteiner California CommonKaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG5.8023.73
Humpyard Steam AleFlying Boats Brewing5.8013.57
Goin' Back to CaliTailGate Beer5.8013.94
SteamheadAviator Brewing Company5.80303.61
Bear AwayEast Side Brewery5.8022.93
California CommonOl' Republic Brewery5.8033.32
Steam BeerHigh Desert Brewing Company5.8023.44
Soul CalBrewyard Beer Company5.8023.75
Common Irish ConversationQuarter Celtic Brewpub5.7513.46
MXPX Secret WeaponSilver City Brewery & Taproom5.7012.7
Hulls & OatsLittle Fish Brewing Company5.7013.65
Common Take InBlackwater Draw Brewing Company5.7014.25
Jamesport Amber SteamJamesport Brewing Company Inc.5.7013.53
Chinook CommonWet Coast Brewing Company5.7023.73
Gallagher’s Best CommonEl Segundo Brewing Company5.7013.68
Commonwealth CommonTin Cannon Brewing Company5.7014
Steam Punk! Cali LagerBube's Brewery5.7014
Kentucky CommonColumbia Kettle Works5.7013.81
Cali Common #1Verde Brewing Company5.7014
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